A Gift of Dharma for 11.28.10

Today’s quote is yet another from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, whom I first quoted and wrote a short biography for in this postThis is it — Snow Lion Publications’ Dalai Lama Quote of the Week from many weeks back:

The word ‘dharma’ in Sanskrit means ‘that which holds’. All existents are ‘dharmas,’ phenomena, in the sense that they hold or bear their own entity or character. Also, a religion is a ‘dharma’ in the sense that it holds persons back or protects them from disasters. Here the term ‘dharma’ refers to the latter definition. In rough terms, any elevated action of body, speech or mind is regarded as a ‘dharma’ because through doing such an action one is protected or held back from all sorts of disasters. Practice of such actions is practice of dharma.

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